Today in Hip Hop History: “One-Nine-Nine-Nine” Single

Today in Hip Hop History: 1999 Common
1999 Single Cover via imangelapowers.com

Today in Hip Hop History: February 2, 1999

Common released the double side single “One-Nine-Nine-Nine”/”Like They Used To Say” through Rawkus Records in, you guessed it, 1999. Both singles later featured on the Rawkus Records’ compilation set Soundbombing, released later that year.

The A-side track, “One-Nine-Nine-Nine.” was produced by Hi-Tek and contained hard hitting boom bap drums and a repeating melodic guitar sample, in addition to several scratches from old school classic hip hop songs.

“One-Nine-Nine-Nine” also featured an intro from Rawkus regular Talib Kweli and a verse from Sadat X (of Brand Nubian). Furthermore, the music video, as seen below, contains cameos from fellow conscious rapper Jeru The Damaja and famous skateboarder Harold Hunter.


On the flip side of the single LP was “Like They Used To Say.” The track was produced by Dug Infinite and contained Common’s lyrical commentary on his perceived path and the future of hip hop culture.

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